Team/Staff

Under the right circumstances, a small team can have a big impact. Part scholars, builders, artists and engineers, the four members of the Fire Tower team have been responsible for some of the timber frame community’s most impressive projects, while also advancing the science and capabilities of heavy timbers.

Ben Brungraber

Ben Brungraber, Ph.D., P.E. – Company co-founder and timber frame visionary with more than forty years experience in the field, including trend-setting research on mortise and tenon joinery.

Mack Magee

Mack Magee, M.S. – Co-founder and experienced engineer with standout knowledge of the timber framing sector’s systems of operation, production and construction.

Duncan McElroy

Duncan McElroy, P.E. – Licensed structural engineer, scholar and illustrator practiced in the designing and detailing of heavy timbers.

Joe Miller

Joe Miller, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng – Timber framing savant, engineer, designer and doctoral-awarded specialist in keyed beams.

Dick Schmidt

Dick Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E. - Founding member of Timber Frame Engineering Council and primary author of Standards for Design of Timber Frame Structures. Extensive experience in worldwide projects.